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Epson WorkForce WF review

Epson WF front printing

“The WF is a good choice for families that need a fast, four-function workhorse MFP, but it is hampered by the low page yield of the standard cartridges.”

Pros

  • Fast print speeds
  • Duplex printing and ADF
  • Photo quality color and saturation on photo paper

Cons

  • Standard ink cartridges have low page yields
  • Touchscreen limited to taps, no swipes
  • No media card reader

Epson’s WorkForce WF ($ MSRP) is one of the smaller, less-expensive small office/home office multifunction printers (MFP) that use the company’s PrecisionCore printhead technology. As with the WF we reviewed, PrecisionCore adds a considerable number of nozzles to the printhead (using microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, fabrication), allowing much faster print speeds compared to the older micropiezo technology.

But as lower-price model, Epson had to make some cuts. Performance wise, it’s not as fast as the WF in printing, copying, and scanning (the WF uses a two-chip PrecisionCore printhead, while the WF uses a single chip configuration). The WF’s ink cartridges, while using the same type of ink as its bigger sibling, have smaller capacity. There’s so also no built-in memory card reader.

PrecisionCore allows for a greater print density to produce a larger color gamut, as well as faster drying times.

When you compare the WF to typical all-in-ones (AIO) for home use, however (like Epson’s Expression series), you get a heavy-duty print cycle (Epson rates the WF with a maximum duty cycle of 3, pages, although it also notes that pages per month is a more realistic print load). Most home AIOs meant don’t even bother quoting a duty cycle. Plus, photo-quality prints can be achieved when using the appropriate paper. The WF is attractive for those looking for an affordable printer that can churn out a lot of copies.

Features and design

As mentioned, the four-function WF (print, copy, scan, fax) is one of Epson’s less expensive models with PrecisionCore. With a larger number of nozzles than Epson’s other printheads, PrecisionCore allows for a greater print density of smaller ink droplets to produce a larger color gamut (number of printable colors), and the smaller droplets speeds up drying time. The process is far more technical, but essentially the technology offers faster print speeds and better colors than conventional printheads.

Unlike the WF we last looked at, the WF is smaller at x x inches, and almost half as lightweight at pounds. Extending the output tray adds another 5 inches to the depth.

But the small size impacts both the control panel and paper drawer. The paper drawer is located at the very bottom, and it’s designed in a way that we found it just a little awkward to load, due to output tray that’s located directly above. The input tray has a capacity for sheets of letter size paper; it’s not a lot, but the printer supports automatic duplexing (two-sided printing). On the top there is an automatic document feeder (ADF), but this particular feature doesn’t duplex.

The control panel has a inch color touchscreen. To the right it is a numeric keypad and the various buttons for making copies, as well as reset and stop. Most of the unit’s functions are accessed via the touchscreen. While the touchscreen is easy to navigate, it doesn’t support the swiping gestures many of us have gotten used to with our smartphones and tablets; rather, you need to use a combination of screen taps to scroll through menus, which can be disorienting until you get used to it. Unless you make or fax a lot of copies, the numeric keypad is mostly useless for everyday printing.

The downside is its small-yield standard ink cartridges – opt for the XL tanks.

While the WF has the typical features one would expect from an MFP, where it’s lacking is in the standard cartridge yield. The four-color machine uses standard cartridges (number ) that yield approximately pages in black and pages in color. If you have a lot of printing going on in your house, you’ll be replacing them pretty often, so you may want to opt for XL tanks. The WF supports the XL cartridges that have considerable higher page yields – pages for black and pages for color cartridges (cyan, magenta, and yellow). On the bright side, the ink cartridges aren’t expensive. The standard yield cartridges are priced at $13 for black and $9 each for color; the high-yield cartridges are $30 for black and $17 for each color cartridge.

The WF may be small in size, but it’s large in connectivity options. You can connect it directly to a PC via USB, to a network via wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi, or print to it directly using Wi-Fi Direct or near-field communication (NFC). You can also access the printer remotely using Epson’s own Epson Connect, Apple AirPrint, or Google Cloud Print.

What’s in the box

The WF comes with four DURABrite Ultra pigment ink cartridges, a power cord, setup poster, quick-start manual, and an installation CD. Bring your own USB cable, and telephone cord for the fax function.

Warranty

Epson WF scanner bed full open

Epson provides a limited one-year warranty, but extended service plans are available. Click here for details.

Setup and performance

Setting up printers are largely problem free, but maneuvering through some of the WF’s setup menus is not as intuitive as it could be. Priming the printhead and installing the software took about 20 minutes, which is standard.

The WF proved equally adept in print quality and print speeds.

Epson rates the MFP at 13 pages-per-minute in black and ppm in color. In our print test, which consists of a mostly monochrome document with a small color image, the WF turned in an average speed of ppm – not bad for a small inexpensive MFP.

The WF proved equally adept in print quality. Monochrome text is razor sharp, and on our three test images, colors and saturation was spot on when using Epson’s Premium Photo Paper Glossy, although somewhat under-saturated when using Epson’s Premium Presentation Matte paper and Hammermill’s Premium Inkjet and Laser paper. We should note that, unlike home photo inkjets, Epson doesn’t market this four-color business MFP as a photo printer, but from our tests, it’s clearly capable.

Regardless of paper used, print quality should be fine for even the most demanding print jobs most home users are likely to have. Note: Unlike some of Epson’s Expression-series printers, you cannot print onto printable CDs or DVDs.

Epson WF scanner bed closed
Epson WF front tray

Copying is the typical slow operation we’ve come to expect from an inkjet, and making a double-sided copy requires manually duplexing the two-sided document. Scanning worked well using Epson’s software, and the scanner is accessible from any TWAIN-compatible application, like the Picasa software we use for testing.

Conclusion

The WF packs a lot of functionality into a small form factor. It offers numerous connectivity options, including NFC. Productivity users will appreciate the ADF and PrecisionCore technology for faster, vibrant prints, while most home users will like the photo quality output on the right type of paper.

One thing we will point out is, at list price, the WF is only $50 less expensive than the WF and $20 less than the WF Those models are bulkier, but you get faster speeds and more features (a quick browse on the Internet pulled up even lower prices; look for rebates from Epson). The WF is also priced higher than consumer four-color MFPs, but we the PrecisionCore is a nice feature to have as it delivers better performance.

Highs

  • Fast print speeds
  • Duplex printing and ADF
  • Photo quality color and saturation on photo paper

Lows

  • Standard ink cartridges have low page yields
  • Touchscreen limited to taps, no swipes
  • No media card reader

Editors&#; Recommendations

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Epson WorkForce WF reviews: Inkjet printer

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Inject life into your documents with advanced print-head technology that delivers dazzling double-sided documents from any device via Wi-Fi Direct and NFC connectivity.

Enjoy crisp images and documents with the Epson WF DWF All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer with Fax, perfect for personal and business use.

Complete Connectivity
With built in WiFi as well as Ethernet and USB functionality, the WF DWF can print wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet or PC. You can print from anywhere in the world by emailing documents and photos directly to the printer.

You also have the added functionality of Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print as well as a scan-to-Cloud function which allows you to scan right into a Cloud service, making business and personal photos and documents instantly available.

The automatic WiFi setup instantly detects the relevant connection settings so it can configure itself so there is no need for you to know your network settings.

All-in-one
The stunning black WorkForce WF DWF All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer not only lets you print but also gives you all the facilities you need to scan, copy and fax in outstanding resolution and high speeds, eradicating the need for several machines.

Create crisp, professional-looking documents and photocopies, scan important pages in clear detail, and output vibrant and sharply-defined studio-quality photographic prints.

To control all these wonderful functions, the WF DWF has a front facing cm LCD screen with a simple interactive menu which is easy enough for anyone to use. It offers great flexibility as you no longer have to use your PC to control your printer.

Economy and ease

For convenience, the WF DWF allows you to load up to sheets of paper into the dual front-loading tray which means you&#;ll spend more time printing and less time refilling.

You&#;ll be able to enjoy crisp, clear text documents and amazing glossy photos thanks to the Epson Pen & Crossword Range ink cartridges. They come as individual inks, ensuring you only replenish the ink and colour used. There is also added economy with the XXL inks also available.

What&#;s more, the built in fax is able to store 60 name and number combinations into its memory, meaning you can simply select the contact you wish to send something to without having to reach for your address book.

Get exceptional results with the Epson WorkForce WF DWF All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer with Fax in your home or office.

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After debuting Epson's new PrecisionCore printhead technology in the popular WorkForce WF, the company is bringing the same laser-like print quality to the affordable yet feature-rich WF ($ /£96/AU$) for small business.

The WF is more suitable for an office that doesn't print many pages or photos per month, but want the convenience of a printer, scanner, copier and even fax machine in a single unit that you can connect to wirelessly - whether it is through USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, cloud-based services or even NFC (Near Field Communication). This means you can print or scan from any computer or mobile device to this machine, with a maximum print resolution of x dpi, and a scan resolution of x dpi. Its sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) and auto-duplex (double-sided) feature make it indispensable in a busy office.

At just lb ( kg) and measuring " x 22" x " (mm x mm x mm), the WF is tiny compared to its closest rivals, the all-round bigger Canon Pixma MG ($/£83/AU$) and HP Envy ($/£89/AU$). That said, if your business is all about printing gorgeous photos, the Canon - with its six-ink-tank design and direct media access - is a no-brainer. If you aren't picky about the quality of your prints but want the connectivity of the Epson, the HP would be the way to go as it only uses two cartridges (one for blacks and one for all colors) and will be more economical to operate in the long run. The Epson WF, on the other hand, hits the sweet spot between good print quality and price (some retailers are even dropping its price down to $), with most of the office-friendly features you need.

Design

The WF is definitely more functional than fashionable, with a matte-finish to its plastic body that thankfully doesn't attract fingerprints. Aside from the ADF having some give to it if you push too hard (not a good resting place for books or anything heavy), the rest of the device feels solid and doesn't rattle when in use.

For some reason, Epson decided to put the retractable output tray right above the tiny sheet paper tray. Due to the proximity of these two elements, I almost always pulled out the output tray by accident, whenever I needed to refill the paper tray (which was often), or vice versa.

You have to use the inch color touchscreen to communicate with the printer, which was anything but fun. The panel is rather tiny and not sensitive enough for my fingers to navigate accurately, so I often had to poke at the screen multiple times to make a selection.

Paper Handling

Though the single paper tray can handle everything from envelopes to A4 sheets, the lack of a manual feed makes the WF really inefficient at printing more than one type of paper at a time. After all, you have to tell the printer what type of paper you just loaded every time you close the tray. If the paper type in your print job differs from the paper inside the tray, the touchscreen will ask you to acknowledge the difference before it will complete the job. This might not be bothersome if you're sitting right beside the printer, but for a device that is all about wireless and mobile printing, you might find yourself tethered to the WF more than you would like to be.

Speaking of paper handling, there seems to be some confusion over the extent of the WF's auto-duplex abilities. From my experience, it can print two sheets to one, and will automatically flip the paper on its own. I was also able to use the ADF and copy two sheets into one. However, this model cannot scan a double-sided document without someone manually flipping it over for the second side.

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